Monday, 19 March 2018

Sunday Photo Fiction - The Trip

Fiction from Photos

Posted in Photo Fiction

Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in 200 words or less

Careful editing will keep your words within the confines of the 200 word limit. The photo doesn’t have to be centre stage, there have been times when I have had to read the story a few times to spot where the prompt is hidden. Please include a mention and / or link to whoever donated the photo.

Photo credit:  A Mixed Bag


Alice found the letter in Ben’s room.   It detailed a trip to Egypt.  She gasped at the cost.  How on earth could she afford to send Ben on a trip of a lifetime?  The school listed how payments could be made over a period of time.  It didn’t mention any concessions for single parents on low incomes.  If she did manage the monthly payments over the next 18 months until the trip was underway could she then manage that sort of commitment again for Christine when it was her turn to go on such a trip?

She could not treat them differently.  Their father wasn’t working so she knew he couldn't help.  Her meagre paying part-time job wasn’t enough some months to buy everything they needed.  Teenagers needed so much more these days than she did when she was their age.

She did some sums.  If she was very, very careful and went without new clothes herself for the next few years she could get the money together.  Then there was the new clothing he would need and pocket money for the trip. 

She answered the phone.  Aunt Mill had left her a legacy, such a bitter/sweet blessing.

Word count: 198

Friday, 16 March 2018

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind

Old fashioned bike

Penny Farthing

Bike in sunshine

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise (including any nighttime photography)

Friday, 9 March 2018

Cee's Black and White Challenge: Large Subjects

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

This week the topic is 

Large Subjects.  

Large can be a matter of perspective.  Although I would assume large means bigger than a human being.  You can also show perspective of something real small and then something bigger than the small object.

Here is my selection 

Dragon head made out of shells

Exhibit at Turner Gallery

Lavenham Church Suffolk

Large stained glass window

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves or Trees

This week the topic is Leaves or Trees. 

This is a challenge is basically self-explanatory.  Any tree or leaf, alive or man made. 

Here is my selection

Friday, 2 March 2018

Cee's Black and white Photo challenge

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: 
Words with double letters

This week the topic is: 

Words with double letters, 

such as sweep, rubber, bookkeeping, teeter totter, vacuum, etc. 

It can be a man-made structure or nature made.

Here is my selection:

Chimney Sweep wishing a bride and groom luck


Chummys Seafood stall

Lorry with Confetti Garden Creates Happiness

Friday, 23 February 2018

Cephalopod Coffeehouse: February 2018

Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month.  Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.

This month I would like to recommend a book by Clare Flynn called The Chalky Sea.  

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  

It's approximately 344 pages. 

BLURB taken from Amazon site

Two troubled people struggle to find their way in a turbulent world.

In July 1940, Gwen Collingwood drops her husband at the railway station, knowing she may never see him again. Two days later her humdrum world is torn apart when the sleepy English seaside town where she lives is subjected to the first of many heavy bombing attacks.

In Ontario, Canada, Jim Armstrong is debating whether to volunteer. His decision becomes clear when he uncovers the secret his fiancée has been keeping from him. A few weeks later he is on a ship bound for England.

Gwen is forced to confront the truth she has concealed about her past and her own feelings. Jim battles with a bewildering and hostile world far removed from the cosy life of his Canadian farm. War brings horror and loss to each of them – can it also bring change and salvation?


Set in 1940 WWII is now impacting on the seaside town of Eastbourne on the South East coast of England.

In Ontario Canada, Jim decides to volunteer and is shipped to the UK first to a training camp at Aldershot.
Gwen says goodbye to her husband who can’t tell her where he is going or in what capacity.  Gwen’s emotions are always held in tight rein due to her upbringing.  Left on her own in Eastbourne she volunteers.  Tragedy and hardship follow as Eastbourne suffers bombing raids and Gwen’s life is changed as she develops unexpected friendships.

Jim is having a hard time as his unit is just held in abeyance at the training camp in Aldershot.  He also has his emotions challenged in meeting an English girl.

Jim and his colleagues are billeted with Gwen for a time in Eastbourne then they are sent to fight.
This is a well written book, well researched for the time and place, the class divide is challenged by many.  The characters of Gwen and Jim are believable as are all the other characters.

A great read which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

There is also a follow-up book which I've also read and thoroughly enjoyed called Alien Corn.